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Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network
Michigan Republican Party
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The four Republicans running for governor last night all met for the first time on a debate stage.  The candidates sparred on Flint, marijuana, and President Trump.


Marijuana
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A state board is starting to move faster to finalize business licenses to grow, transport, test, and sell medical marijuana.  The marijuana board added three meetings to its schedule between now and the end of the year.


Citizens Research Council
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A study commissioned by an independent research group says term limits in Michigan have not met many of the expectations set when voters adopted them 25 years ago.  


Tom Leonard
Michigan House Republicans / gophouse.org

The state House Republican leader says it’s still possible lawmakers will vote on legalizing marijuana in Michigan.  But, he says it is unlikely.


Ballot Box
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills that would make it tougher and more expensive for losing candidates to call a recount of the results. 


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Michigan officials are cheering the fact that President Trump has thrown his support behind upgrading the Soo Locks.  The president endorsed the plan this past weekend.


Money
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A partisan split on a state election board has stalled a petition drive to outlaw prevailing wage rules in Michigan.  A group of non-union builders wants to outlaw prevailing wage.


Marijuana
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It appears the question of legalizing marijuana in Michigan is headed to the November ballot.  A state elections board has certified the campaign has enough petition signatures to take the next step.


Michigan Public Radio Network

The state Board of Canvassers has approved the petition signatures for the November referendum, the August primary ballot for state offices are set, and the Legislature is closer to passing a budget for the coming fiscal year.  WEMU's David Fair discusses all of these issues with MPRN's Rick Pluta in this week's edition of, "The State of Politics." 


Classroom
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Hearings have begun in the Legislature on plans to improve school security.  It’s part of the state’s response to shooting incidents around the country. 


Marijuana
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The state is trying to find ways to help medical marijuana businesses that are having trouble finding a bank or a credit union. 


Michigan Public Radio Network

School safety measures are being debated in Lansing as students grow more vocal in demanding protections from gun violence.  And the race to become Michigan's next governor is heating up in both the Republican and Democratic parties.  Get an insider's look and the latest information in this week's edition of 89.1 WEMU's new feature, 'The State of Politics.' 


Marijuana
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A state licensing board has given a preliminary go-ahead to nine companies that want to go into the medical marijuana business.  It’s a slow start with hundreds of applications pending.


Abdul El-Sayed
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The state says now is not the time to rule on whether a candidate for governor is eligible to run.  That could mean the question will wait until after Democratic voters make their choice in the primary.

Brian Calley
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is the fourth Republican running for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the primary ballot.  He wants to succeed Governor Rick Snyder.


Classroom
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Governor Rick Snyder rolled out a plan Monday to improve school safety following the Parkland-Florida shootings.  The plan is silent on issues related to guns.


MICHIGAN PUBLIC RADIO NETWORK / MPRN.ORG

For more than two decades, Rick Pluta has been covering Michigan politics in Lansing as chief correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network.  He has his finger on the pulse of what is happening at levels of state government.  Now, he'll regularly share his expertise with you in 89.1 WEMU's new feature, 'The State of Politics." 


Gretchen Whitmer
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Former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer filed petition signatures yesterday to get her name on the primary ballot as a candidate for governor.  


Michigan Supreme Court
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The debate over firearms and school safety found its way Wednesday to the Michigan Supreme Court


Michigan Public Radio Network / https://www.mprn.org/

For more than two decades, Rick Pluta has been covering Michigan politics in Lansing as chief correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network.  He has his finger on the pulse of what is happening at levels of state government.  Now, he'll regularly share his expertise with you in 89.1 WEMU's new feature, 'The State of Politics." 


Police Car
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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether police officers illegally searched the backpack of a passenger in a stopped vehicle.  The passenger says officers should have first asked his permission.


Prisons
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Inmates sent to prison as children can sue the state over sexual abuse and other alleged misconduct, under a ruling from the Michigan Court of Appeals.


Gavel
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More local governments are getting money to create better systems to make sure every criminal defendant has a properly trained lawyer through every step of the legal process.


Cannabis
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The state medical marijuana board has deadlocked on the first two applications for licenses.


Bikes
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The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists. 


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